10 Steps to design your school curriculum

Designing a curriculum can be a time consuming and complex task. It needs to be well considered and with OfSTED’s Education Inspection Framework in mind, it needs to show the intent, implementation, impact and sequence. As the developers, of Stedfast, we know about designing curriculum plans. We thought it might be helpful to offer 10 steps to design your school curriculum. We have taken OfSTED’s school inspection framework and added our school curriculum planner.

Designing a school curriculum is a vital part of school management, school improvement, school planning, school monitoring and above all getting the best from your staff! Managers need to ensure that they design curriculum plans that:

  • Show intent
  • Demonstrate implementation
  • Assess impact
  • Highlight sequence
  • Have clear mapping

10 Steps to design your school curriculum

1. Start by listing your school’s curriculum objectives; these will be the framework for your school’s curriculum plan.

2. Consider the school’s question of “What is our school vision, mission and values?” What are the overarching goals of your school?

3. What are the school’s strengths and where are improvements needed?

4. Be clear about what you want to achieve and think about the school as a whole – staff, students, parents & governors.

5. Ensure that your school curriculum plan, broadly reflects the school vision, mission and values

6. Be clear about school priorities. Remember that school improvement is a bottom-up process rather than top-down. Consult and engage staff to get their view on priorities and direction of school improvement and school curriculum development.

7. Include details for how you will monitor the implementation of your school’s curriculum plan throughout the school year? Who is responsible for monitoring its effectiveness, what evidence can be collected to show impact; how often it needs reviewing?

8. Document proof of communication including consultation with parents/carers, pupils & staff? Communicate regularly with stakeholders (parents, pupils & staff) about school planning and school development plans e.g., school future strategy documents or school strategic plans which includes school curriculum plans.

9. Ensure your school’s school curriculum plan is mapped from the school vision, mission and values to objectives at all key stages of education – starting in Early Years through to Post 16 education; GCSEs and A Levels

10. Consider how you will monitor this year’s school development plan against previous years e.g., school future strategy documents or school strategic plans which includes school curriculum plans? How can you make sure that your school delivers its best?

Schools are constantly looking for new ways to improve school curriculum, school management and school planning. One way this can be achieved is by following these 10 steps in designing your school’s curriculum plan. These comprehensive guidelines will help you develop a well-designed school curriculum that aligns with the school vision, mission, and values as well as staff priorities.

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